The fire assay process is still the most accurate and precise method for measuring the gold content in gold alloys. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy have been applied to observe the change in microstructure of the samples undergoing the fire assay process. The performed observations reveal that the microstructure of the specimen is more complex than expected. Before the parting stage, the specimen is not a perfect gold-silver binary alloy but contains also copper-silver oxides and other residual compounds. The parting stage appears to be a dealloying process leading to a nanoporous gold nanostructure. What observed after partition explains the evolution of the shape and colour of the specimen and may allow for a better comprehension of the procedure and an improvement in the method. © 2013 The Author(s).

Battaini, P., Bemporad, E., DE FELICIS, D. (2014). The fire assay reloaded. GOLD BULLETIN, 47(1-2), 9-20 [10.1007/s13404-013-0101-1].

The fire assay reloaded

BEMPORAD, Edoardo;DE FELICIS, DANIELE
2014-01-01

Abstract

The fire assay process is still the most accurate and precise method for measuring the gold content in gold alloys. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy have been applied to observe the change in microstructure of the samples undergoing the fire assay process. The performed observations reveal that the microstructure of the specimen is more complex than expected. Before the parting stage, the specimen is not a perfect gold-silver binary alloy but contains also copper-silver oxides and other residual compounds. The parting stage appears to be a dealloying process leading to a nanoporous gold nanostructure. What observed after partition explains the evolution of the shape and colour of the specimen and may allow for a better comprehension of the procedure and an improvement in the method. © 2013 The Author(s).
Battaini, P., Bemporad, E., DE FELICIS, D. (2014). The fire assay reloaded. GOLD BULLETIN, 47(1-2), 9-20 [10.1007/s13404-013-0101-1].
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